Guided Reading Timers

Guided Reading Timers

Using guided reading timers for your rotations or workstations creates an organized and focused management system.  Students learn the consistent routine and understand their role within the system.


The clean and cheerful visuals bring clarity to what each student should be doing during workstations whether you choose to have two rotations, six, or even ten!  The visual timers remind students of how much time is left to complete the tasks at hand. These timers can be modified by a number of groups, number of rotations, rotation choice, and minutes per round.

Guided Reading Timers


The Guided Reading Timers are both in PowerPoint and Google Slides.  There are simple step-by-step directions to follow to build the slides into the ELAR block suited just to you and your students!  You’ll choose the number of rounds, length of rounds, activities for each group, and a number of groups.  In a matter of minutes, you will be off and working (and the timers will run automatically)!

guided reading timers


Recently, we have improved these timers by adding timers for every minute increment up to an hour.  Now you have total freedom in the timing of your rounds!  Another new update is the sound of the chime when the rounds are complete.  Finally, new icons and reading slides have been added.  Now you can create a cohesive opening and closing of your reading block with these slides.  Be sure to download this resource from your “My Purchases” on TeacherspayTeachers to get the updates automatically!


Similar to my MathSTACK system for Guided Math,  I use LEARN to Read for my guided reading block.  Each letter in the word LEARN stands for a station that students will visit during workstations.  With all of these workstations running, students have a full literacy experience every day!

  • L stands for Listen to Reading
  • E stands for Enjoy a Book
  • A stands for Attention to Writing
  • R stands for Read with Teacher/Friend
  • N stands for New Words

Guided Reading Timers

To see a full explanation of LEARN to read in action, and the types of stations I use, you can read THIS POST.

A full breakdown of a guided reading block! A how to about conducting a guided reading lesson. Lesson ideas, reading lessons, literacy centers, literacy stations, word work activities, writing station ideas, ELA activities, listening station, phonics ideas, spelling activities, word study, and taking notes during guided reading small groups are all included! Great for Kinder, first grade, and second grade. To learn more about "Let's Celebrate Reading", visit tunstallsteachingtidbits.com


Click HERE to get the Guided Reading Timers for your reading block!

I also offer a bundle of both the Guided Reading Timers and the Guided Math Timers. You can find this HERE.


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